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How to Remove Shingles from a Roof

Weather will take a toll on your roof no matter where you live. Sure, a house in Oregon or Ohio will likely experience more intense weather conditions than a house in Southern California, but even the sun can harm your roof if you don’t maintain it. If you’re interested in updating your roof, whether to update the materials or styling, consider the following steps to removing shingles from your roof before you begin.

Have a Safety System, Sunscreen, and Gallon of Water

Before you begin working on the roof, it’s crucial you have a few things in place first. Your safety harness should be a priority, so be sure to get it installed before you do anything else. Apply sunscreen before you begin as well, as it’s easy to get burned while working on the roof – even if it’s overcast, you can experience burns. Finally, have a gallon of water on the roof so you can easily hydrate without having to leave the roof.

Take Note of All Electrical Lines

Working on the roof can be especially dangerous if power lines run directly into your roof. Take note of all cables around your roof, and call the power company for advice if you’re not sure which lines are which. All in all, it’s best to steer clear from any cables, as electrocution can be fatal.

Start Work on the Highest Point of the Roof

Use your shingle fork or shovel to pry up the shingles at the peak of your roof, furthest from the dumpster … this way you’ll work your way toward the dumpster throughout the day. Because you’re not removing a mere section of the shingles, you don’t have to worry about removing in any particular order. That said, it helps to work from high to low and be sure to clear your workspace once you’ve lifted the shingles in your area. Sweep the area clear of debris, as it makes it easy to slip.

Inspect the Sheathing

Once you’ve cleared the entire roof, it’s time to inspect the actual wood paneling of the roof, which is called sheathing. Look for damage to the sheathing, rotten panels, and other any other reasons you might consider replacing the sheathing. This is the only chance you have to do it before you replace the roof, so it’ best to do it now.

Install Felt

If you don’t think you’ll be able to complete the entire job in one day, be sure to at least lay the felt before calling it a day. This will help protect the roof from weather. Even if it’s not likely to rain, heat and moisture can damage your exposed sheathing.
  • Always use a roofer's safety system when roofing. These are usually called roofer's kit, and can be found for around $100 from your local hardwood supplies store.
  • Use tennis shoes while on the roof, as they stick better than basic work boots.
Professional Roofers
This job can be intense for some, so it might make more sense for you to contact a professional roofer in your area. Be careful not to take on something too difficult for your skill level, as it needs to be completed as quickly as possible.

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